Ballymena United 1
Distillery 1
League Cup (Group Stage)

Ballymena United
1 - 1

League Cup (Group Stage)
Tuesday, September 21st, 2004
Ballymena Showgrounds
7:30 PM Kick-off

Rory Hamill (12)
Darren Armour (18)

Team Managers
Kenny Shiels
Paul Kirk

Starting Eleven
Robert Robinson
Gary Smyth
Nigel Boyd
Albert Watson
Ciaran Donaghy
Oran Kearney
Jamie Marks
Tim McCann
Shea Campbell
Justin McBride
Rory Hamill
Michael Dougherty
Paul Prenter
Michael Ferguson
Noel Anderson
Wayne Buchanan
Paul Muir
Andrew Dickson
Conor Hagan
Darren Armour
James Willis
Francis Murphy

Gordon Simms
Garth Scates
Eddie Hill
Tim Mouncey
Gareth McKeown
Andrew Cleary

Eddie Hill for Shea Campbell (64)
Garth Scates for Tim McCann (75)
Tim Mouncey for James Willis (68)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

John McKnight (Ballyclare) (Referee)

Match Report

BALLYMENA United secured the point they required to reach the quarter-finals of the CIS Insurance Cup from this draw with group winners Lisburn Distillery.

However for the sixth consecutive game Kenny Shiels' side opened the scoring but once again failed to hold onto their lead.

Unsurprisingly it was Rory Hamill who fired them in front when, after 13 minutes, he beat Michael Doherty from 14 yards after a Gary Smyth wasn't properly cleared.

However the Whites levelled five minutes later. Francis Murphy darted down the left wing, squaring the ball for James Willis who struck the post with his effort but Darren Armour was on hand to scramble home the rebound.

And Armour should have given the visitors the lead two minutes before the break only to fire a Conor Hagan cross over with the goal at his mercy.

Then, not long into the second half, Noel Anderson came closer still with a mis-hit cross which hit the woodwork. United came within inches of moving in front themselves soon after when Smyth fired a set piece narrowly over.

Smyth also had the only other noteworthy chance in an uninspiring second half when, six minutes from time, he nodded an Oran Kearney free-kick over.

Match report written by Official Irish Premier League website

Squad Statistics (as at September 21st, 2004)

2004-2005 All Time
Robert Robinson (GK)29 8 - 51 -
Nigel Boyd31 6 - 31421
Albert Watson19 6 - 64 -
Ciaran Donaghy22 8 - 45 -
Gary Smyth34 8 - 8 -
Tim McCann32 6 - 6 -
Oran Kearney26 8 - 8727
Jamie Marks29 4 - 272
Justin McBride32 6 - 346
Rory Hamill28 6565
Shea Campbell23 7113769
Garth Scates (sub)25 4 - 223
Eddie Hill (sub)26 6161

League Table (as at September 21st, 2004)

Pld W D L Pts

No games played.